fiesta refried beans

Fiesta Refried Beans

Fiesta Refried Beans

Frijoles de Fiesta

Recipe Yield

8 servings

Cooking time

30 minutes

Rate this recipe

3.6 from 5 votes


  • 3 to 4 dried chiles colorados a.k.a. New Mexico chiles, California chiles, dried anaheim chiles, stemmed and seeded
  • 1 recipe Frijoles de Olla made with pintos
  • 3 chipotle chiles in adobo sauce
  • 3 tablespoons lard or vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 cups (6 ounces) shredded Chihuahua, asadero or Monterey Jack cheese or melty cheese of your choice
  • 1/2 pound Mexican chorizo or longaniza peeled, coarsely chopped (optional)

To Prepare

  • Place the dried chiles colorados in a small saucepan, cover with water, and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Reduce heat and simmer until softened and plumped, about 10 to 12 minutes.
  • In batches, puree the cooked beans and 2 cups of their cooking liquid, the rehydrated chiles and the chipotle chiles in adobo.
  • Heat the lard or oil in a large casserole or sauté pan set over medium heat. Once hot, add the bean puree, cook for about 15 minutes, stirring and scraping the bottom of the pan as it thickens. Stir in the cheese and continue to cook, stirring and scraping the bottom of the pan, until the beans have thickened into a soft puree and the cheese is completely incorporated and melted.
  • If adding chorizo, in a small pan set over medium-high heat, cook the chorizo or longaniza until brown and crisp, about 5 to 6 minutes. Top the beans with the chorizo or mix it in.
  • Taste and adjust seasoning. Serve hot.


18comments inFiesta Refried Beans

  1. Alkuds Jwayyed

    Feb 08

    Hi Pati!
    I love , love your show! I made these refried beans to accompany the Carne con chili burritos! Both recipes were delicious! My family loved the beautiful meal.Thank you so much for sharing your talent with us all. God Bless You!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Feb 10

      My pleasure! So glad to know everyone approved and enjoyed 😉

  2. Heather

    Jan 26

    Hola! 🙂 I am new to from scratch Mexican Cooking. I made these to go accompany another one of your recipes, chimis. I normally don’t care for Re friends and give away my to the other half. But these were full stop delicious! Thank you for showing me how to make refried beans I actually.. love!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jan 31

      So happy to read this Heather, super yay!!! Enjoy the beans from now on 🙂

  3. R. Ruiz

    Jan 15

    Patti, usually when I make Chile Colorado of any sort, I also strain it. Getting rid of the tiny pieces Chile skin. This recipe doesn’t call for it. Should I do it on this recipe also. If not why?
    I love your show, and all your recipes.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jan 16

      Hola, in this recipe the chiles are pureed together with the beans, so straining is not a good idea. If you like to puree the chiles before, strain them and then mix with the beans is fine, but since these are refried beans and are supposed to be lumpy, it is really not a big deal if you have little pieces of chile in the mix 😉

  4. Donna Price

    Jan 13

    The best Refried Beans we have ever eaten. Easy to follow directions and lots of delicious flavor. My husband usually passes on the beans, but not any more. Perfect compliment to your Carnitas recipe. Made a complete and wonderful meal.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jan 16

      Awesome! So glad to hear your husband loved the recipe as well Donna, thank you guys!

  5. Stewart L

    Nov 14

    Amazing recipe. So tasty – smokey, rich, and, creamy. Excellently side dish. I love making your recipes because they are as good as the best restaurant recipes, but, when I make it I know what ingredients were used, and I trust they are healthy and good for you.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Nov 22

      Gracias for the feedback Stewart, yay!

  6. Peggy Plumley

    Nov 07

    Where can I find the recipe for Frijoles de Olla?

    1. Pati Jinich

      Nov 11

      No problem Peggy, here is the recipe for you 🙂

  7. Cherie Smith

    Nov 07

    Where have you been my whole live. I love Mexican food, your recipes are easy to follow and delicious!!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Nov 11

      Thanks so much Cherie, so glad you found me 🙂 I am also on FB, IG, Twitter, Pinterest and some selected episodes of the Show and some recipes on Youtube!

  8. Anonymous

    Nov 05

    They look amazing like everything else that you prepare

    1. Pati Jinich

      Nov 06

      Thanks so much 😉

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